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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited StatesLos Angeles · 9 years ago

Why did Disneyland build California Adventure?

And didn't there use to be more rides at California Adventure and not kids rides?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Disney saw a vast parking lot and thought a second park would be an additional revenue stream, just like it is at Disney World with the four parks.

    Unfortunately, California Adventure was designed by committee and had major faults from the get-go, mainly its theme. They thought that visitors to California would flock to a park that had artificial elements representing the state rather than visit the actual places like Hollywood, San Francisco, or the Redwoods. Initially, California Adventure was supposed to have a separate ticket price but visitors stayed away in droves, so the park was essentially discounted as an add-on to a Disneyland ticket. There were even advertising slogans similar to "Buy one park, get the second free".

    California Adventure also suffered from too few attractions, or ones considered "off the shelf". I visited several years after the opening, when Tower of Terror was added, and even then I finished all the attractions in half a day. The only attractions that have left the park are "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" show (now an empty warehouse for corporate events), Superstar Limousine (replaced by Monsters Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue), Golden Dreams (replaced by Ariel's Undersea Adventure), Bountiful Farms (replaced by the new CarsLand with its attractions: Luigi's Flying Tires, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and Radiator Springs Racers) and the Maliboomer. They have added Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania, Turtle Talk with Crush, BugsLand and its attractions, and repurposed other attractions like Mulholland Madness (now Goofy's Sky School) and the Orange Stinger (now Silly Symphony Swings).

    There is a lot of excitement and good buzz surrounding the park's recent $1.1 billion dollar expansion with Buena Vista Street and Carsland, and they will doubtless be very busy this summer.

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